Collegiate Rugby All-American Team Named

Ted HardyContributor IJune 16, 2009

Following the National Guard Collegiate All-Star Championships held in Glendale this past weekend, USA Rugby have officially announced the 2009 Men’s Collegiate All-American selections.

With a pool of nearly 20,000 men’s collegiate players across the U.S., the Collegiate All-American selectors and coaches spent nearly nine months on player identification, fitness testing, standards implementation, and monitoring to narrow the list to 44 All-Americans and 30 honorable mentions.

The three-day format for the Collegiate All-Star Championships proved to be beneficial for both players and the player identification process in 2009 as the level of play for many territories is on the rise and selections have been increasingly difficult with so many deserving players.

“The competition in the collegiate ranks across the board was very high, not only this weekend, but throughout the season. The job of finding the best college rugby players in the country was tough because of the increased talent that we saw overall,” Collegiate All-Americans Assistant Coach Kimball Kjar said.

“I feel the staff and the selectors did a great job identifying the best college rugby players and I look forward to seeing many of these players represent their country as an All-American,” Kjar said.

The 2009 selection panel, which includes Kevin Battle, Blake Burdette, Curt Huckaby, Don Ferrell, and Bill Sexton, along with the coaching staff of Alex Magleby, Kjar, and Bob Ford, developed a player database throughout the collegiate season, culminating with the Collegiate All-Star Championships.

“It seemed as if the talent pool was deeper this year. On behalf of the selectors, I want to thank the territorial coaches for their collective hard work,” Curt Huckaby said.

“The players played exceptional, making our role difficult but rewarding.”

The All-American program will again look to tour internationally in 2009 as they are headed to the Western Province of South Africa from July 24th until August 9th in what it poised to be a great tour for many of the top collegiate players in America.

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The 2009 Men’s Collegiate All-Americans

Barnard, Marco, Scrumhalf, Kutztown
Clark, Chad, Flyhalf, St. Mary’s
Davies, Shawn, Scrumhalf, BYU
Engelbrecht, Keegan, Flyhalf California
Folau, Byron, Center BYU
Grossheider, Kyle, Wing Life
Harris, Ryan, Wing California
Hawley, Colin, Fullback California
Kelm, Duncan, Flyhalf San Diego State
Lasike, Paul, Center BYU
Leland, Hunter, Flyhalf Texas A&M
Lubbe, Dylan, Flyhalf BYU
Matealonia, Benny, Scrumhalf Life
McMaster, Aaron, Flyhalf Life
Muhn, Dustin, Wing California
Mulhall, Stephen, Center San Diego State
O’meara, Brendan, Center St. Mary’s
Qaqa, Vito, Wing BYU
Roberts, Lucas, Center Penn State
Ross, Alex, Fullback San Diego State
Scully, Blaine, Wing California
Sua, Manti, Wing BYU
Tiberio, Peter, Wing University of Arizona

Barrett, James, Prop California
Bester, Paul, Flanker Life
Biller, Chris, Hooker California
Brown, Joey, Hooker Mesa College
Buchanan, Tim, Lock Arizona State
Dolan, Cameron, Lock Life
Evans, Roland, No. 8 Arkansas State
Fry, Eric, Lock California
George, Mike, Prop Wyoming
Herbert, Richard, Flanker Cal-Poly
Katzfey, Tom, Lock St. Norbert College
Malani, Apenisa, Flanker BYU
Parker, Chris, Lock Texas A&M
Pasque, Tommy, No. 8 Colorado
Purcell, Brenden, Prop San Diego State
Rock, Casey, Lock Metro State
Silverman, Ross, Prop Santa Barbara
St. Pierre, Steve, Flanker BYU
Strauss, Seth, Prop Life
Su’a, Mike, Prop BYU
Vedder, Brendon, No. 8 St. Mary’s

2009 Honorable Mentions:
Bou-Mikael, Saade, Fullback LSU
Devalve, Levi, Prop University of Connecticut
Dewey, Kevin, Scrumhalf Navy
Ducoin, Adam, Wing LSU
Farr, Roan, Flanker Arkansas State
Gallo, James, Scrumhalf Southern Methodist University
Harrison, Tyler, Fullback UC Davis
Heiler, Zach, No. 8 San Diego State
Jarvis, Paul, Flanker Dartmouth College
Johns, Bobby, Scrumhalf LSU
Jones, Pat, Lock University of Utah
Kimble, Kevin, Flanker Penn State
Lewis, Tony, Prop University of Nebraska-Omaha
London, Chad, Flyhalf Palmer
Lotter, Justin, Flyhalf Penn State
Martens, Ryan, Center St. Mary’s
McKenna, Eddie, Flanker Cal State Dominguez Hills
O’Leary, Conlan, Flyhalf Dartmouth College
O”Neill, Bobby, Flanker Army
Purcell, Jamie, Scrumhalf San Diego State
Shephard, Michael, Prop Indiana University
Sumption, Kyle, Lock BYU
Taylor, Ryan, Wing California
Tukuafu, Ilaisia (Sia) Lock BYU Hawaii
Vickery, Spencer, Prop University of Utah
Vota, Duran, Wing Curry College
Wallace, Nick, Prop, St. Mary’s
Wessels, Nardus, Prop, Arkansas State
Whittler, Clint, Wing, Arkansas State
Wunderli, Matt, Hooker, University of Utah